I’ve spent the last couple of days at a large gathering of conservative legal scholars and law students from across the nation, and I have to say that we are in a prime position to seize the moment and reclaim our position of influence in America. But what is the cost? To not be ashamed.

I can recall being in Washington, D.C., as President George W. Bush entered his lame duck phase. There wasn’t a conservative to be found in that town. Well, they were crawling everywhere, but not a single one would admit it. They seemed ashamed of who they were. It reminded me of seeing American students abroad with Canadian patches on their backpacks, so as to avoid conflict over our war efforts. In a word, gutless. This mentality crept into our collective psyche, and we are beginning to see the after-effects of not standing up for what we represent.

For us to stand a fighting chance, we MUST be willing to speak out, and engage others on the issues that matter to all Americans – jobs, governmental oversight, economics, fiscal policy, monetary policy, taxes, education, charities, and the list goes on. We have a superior, proven set of principles to draw from, and we MUST be knowledgeable regarding these issues. Otherwise, we will continue to watch our principles and values be denigrated by the likes of the hollywood glitterati, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and CBS (to name a few, and make no mention of the liberal print media). They are a formidable opponent, but isn’t it better to meet your more powerful adversary eye to eye, and carry the small, but assertive voice of truth?

We can do this. We must do this. If we are to avoid the pitfalls of big government, it is required that we provide a clear, stable alternative. I for one, am charged up.